Promoting health for refugees in an era of forced migration

Keynote speaker: Dr. James Orbinski, OC, MSC, MD, MA
Moderator: Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra, DPhil (Oxon)
Global economic inequities, violence and war, and environmental catastrophes aggravated by climate change, ensures that the numbers of people seeking asylum will continue to increase in the years to come. Researchers have a crucial role to play in bringing evidence to this urgent policy issue. Discussion will explore the interplay of human rights, social policy, and clinical practice in refugee health, identify best practices and gaps in existing knowledge, and explore the implications of current research and emerging challenges to address the health needs of refugees in Canada. The goal ultimately is to identify best practices in Canada and specific strategies to improve the health outcomes of refugees seeking protection in Canada.